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All comments by Rosalind Hengeveld
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Forget datum, switch to cross-imps.
Aug. 17
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For any good partnership, ‘12–14’ includes a good 11 or a bad 15. No need to mark that. Just bridge.
Aug. 17
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1. The upper limit for this bid is higher than last century. 2 shows five.
Aug. 16
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4. Tempting to bid 5, but partner may be strong and both 5 and 4 may be down.
Aug. 16
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Over a 2 opening bid that is always strong, I prefer to let opener tell me what they bid it on, rather than trying to tell my own limited values. Therefore: 2. A 2NT response on a balanced hand just works auto-preemptively and is a strong contender for top worst bid in bridge.
Aug. 16
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Is 2 as ‘NMF’ forcing to game? (I presume it is.)
Aug. 15
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Better include the three-card limit raise elsewhere, such as in 2 or in 2NT.
Aug. 15
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2, Multi. Or 2 weak two, if playing that. (Please state applicable methods, unless curious for any methods.)
Aug. 14
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A low diamond is better than the ace only if partner has Qx and they break 3-3. After leading the A, I can switch to a spade, unless partner encourages (with Qxx+). That the ace would cost a tempo is unlikely.
Aug. 14
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There is actually a (Dutch) system, aptly named Crazy Diamond, with feature #3: ‘A 1 opening which shows length in either major’, exactly five cards. One of a major shows either four or six+ cards. 1 is strong. The system is now disallowed in most competition, under a jurisdiction all but identical to the WBF ‘HUM/BSC’ systems policy.
Aug. 14
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Double, and correct 2 to 2. Even though I play 2 as not forcing, I like to see a better suit for it. Pass with two quick tricks is not my cup of tea.
Aug. 13
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I play this and similar sequences as forcing to game. For one thing, such hands have a much higher frequency than invites.

Over 1/ opening bids a direct 3 is a ‘heavy’ invitation, not forcing. Over 1, however, 3 is needed as a splinter, if you play simple splinters. Therefore, we include the (somewhat rare) invitational spade hand in our forcing 1NT, so that a sequence like 1-1NT-2//-3 shows it.

We play 1//-2 as a weak jump shift.
Aug. 13
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Eleven-card suits occur once in 2.746.693 hands (I almost wrote once in ‘every’ 2.746.693 hands.) Even if you play a hundred deals a week, that is less than once in more than five hundred years.
Aug. 13
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As we are not vulnerable, 3NT down 50 or 100 may be a decent result if 3 makes.
Aug. 13
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Does 3 promise a four-card major or deny one?
Aug. 12
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Doubling 1, rather than 1NT later, has the advantage that, should partner have a bust, you can get out in any of three suits at the one level.
Aug. 12
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In the Netherlands, such a 1 opening bid would require an alert, but not a pre-alert. That is, however, largely irrelevant to the case in question: how EW get into the auction.
Aug. 12
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1NT. Opponents will have few clubs between them and will find a decent run-out, which will also make a good lead – for them.

This hand is not too strong for a natural 1NT overcall, but I play Raptor, so would have doubled.
Aug. 11
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2NT if natural, else via 2.
Aug. 10
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3: happy to play that not forcing.
Aug. 10
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